Paragould Hit Hard By Tornado

LARGE SECTION OF CITY IS DAMAGED BY TORNADO

THE PARAGOULD DAILY PRESS

MAY 1, 1947

I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO RUN ACROSS THIS OLD NEWSPAPER EDITION AT A FLEA MARKET .

TRANSCRIBED BY : TINA EASLEY

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TWO PERSONS ARE HOSPITALIZED AS RESULT OF WINDSTORM THAT STRUCK AT 4:15 THIS MORNING

SEVERAL PERSONS HAVE NARROW ESCAPE FROM FLYING DEBRIS AND TREES

OTHER COMMUNITIES ARE REPORTED STRUCK

A.T. CANNON SUFFERS BACK INJURY AND MRS. L.B. DEMENT HAS CUT RIGHT FOOT

TWO PERSONS WERE HOSPITALIZED HERE TODAY AS RESULT OF A TORNADO THAT STRUCK THIS CITY AT 4:15 THIS MORNING SERIOUSLY DAMAGING AT LEAST 25 BUSINESS HOUSES AND AS MANY RESIDENCES AND INFLICTING LESSER DAMAGE TO OTHER RESIDENCES AND BUSINESS PLACES. THERE WAS NO FATALITIES AND NO OTHER SERIOUS INJURIES REPORTED. NUMEROUS NARROW ESCAPES FROM FLYING DEBRIS AND TREES AND OTHER OBJECTS WERE REPORTED .

ESTIMATES ON THE DAMAGE RUNS INTO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.

MRS. L.B. DEMENT, ABOUT 50 OF BRIGHTON , IS IN THE DICKSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL SUFFERING FROM A PAINFUL CUT TO HER RIGHT FOOT RECEIVED AFTER WINDOWS WERE BLOWN OUT OF HER HOME.

A.T. CANNON , AGED 76 , IS IN THE HOSPITAL SUFFERING FROM A BACK INJURY AND A CUT OVER HIS RIGHT EYE RECEIVED WHEN A TWO-STORY HOUSE ON NORTH FOURTH AVENUE COLLAPSED.

JOHN STANFILL , 25 , OF BRIGHTON EAST OF HERE HAD CUTS ON HIS RIGHT ARM . THAT HE RECEIVED WHEN HE BROKE THE GLASS WINDOW OF A CAR AS HE SOUGHT REFUGE FROM THE STORM FOR HIMSELF AND HIS FAMILY.

HARDEST HIT WAS TWO BLOCKS OF THE BUSINESS DISTRICT BETWEEN POPLAR AND WALNUT STREETS, AND RESIDENTIAL AREAS EXTENDING TO THE MIDDLE OF THE 300 BLOCK ON WEST HIGHLAND STREET AND EASTWARD TO FIFTH AVENUE ALONG LAKE AND EAST POPLAR STREETS.

ALSO BADLY DAMAGED WAS A SECTION ALONG THE LAKE STREET ROAD , EAST OF THE EIGHT MILE CREEK, AND AN AREA OF NORTWEST PARAGOULD IN THE VICINITY OF SIXTH AND HIGHLAND STREETS.

THE STORM APPARENTLY TRAVELED IN A NORTHEASTERLY DIRECTION THROUGH THE CITY.

MUCH DAMAGE WAS REPORTED DONE TO STOCK AND FIXTURES IN LOCAL BUSINESS PLACES AS RESULT OF WATER FROM THE HEAVY RAIN THAT ACCOMPANIED THE STORM IN ADDITION TO DAMAGE TO FRONTS, WALLS AND ROOFS.

INCLUDED IN THE BUSINESS HOUSES DAMAGED BY THE STORM ARE THE RANDAL L. MITCHELL FUNERAL PARLOR, THE W.A. JENKINS MACHINE SHOP, THE FARMERS SUPPLY COMPANY , DeBON'S TIN SHOP, THE PARAGOULD ICE COMPANY , FRANK WOOD'S STORE BUILDING, FISHER'S DRUG STORE , E.H. JACOB'S DRESS SHOP , HOOPER'S CLEANERS , ATWOOD AND WALDEN'S FURNITURE STORE, CAMPBELL'S GROCERY, HIGHFILL'S FURNITURE STORE, STYLERITE SHOP, KIMBROUGH'S STORE BUILDING AND OFFICES, KIRCHOFF'S GROCERY , ASHCRAFT FEED STORE , JOHNSON AND CLOYES HARDWARE STORE , GENE KIRCHOFF'S PLACE , KROGER'S STORE , FRENCH'S CAFE , BLACK'S GROCERY, JOHNSON'S CAFE.

HIGHFILL'S STORAGE BUILDING , STIMSON'S GROCERY. REAVES MAYTAG AND THE EAST ARKANSAS LUMBER COMPANY.

ALSO DAMAGED IN THE BUSINESS AREA WERE THE PARAGOULD JEWELRY COMPANY, ANDERSON'S PAINT AND GLASS COMPANY, AND GREGORY'S HARDWARE COMPANY. ALONG THE MISSOURI PACIFIC RAILROAD, BUILDINGS OCCUPIED BY THE SPILLMAN MILLING COMPANY, AND T.N. BENNETT TRUCK LINES, AND A WAREHOUSE OF ATWOOD AND WALDEN'S FURNITURE STORE WERE DAMAGED.

THREE PLATE GLASS WINDOWS WERE BROKEN OUT OF THE CORNER CAFE ON SOUTH PRUET STREET.

ESPECIALLY HEAVY WAS THE DAMAGE TO FRONTS , WALLS OR ROOFS OF MANY OF THE PLACES INCLUDING FRANK WOOD'S , FISHER'S BUILDINGS IN THIS CITY HAD CONSIDERABLY DAMAGE DONE TO THE GLASS FRONTS , AN TELEPHONE POLES WERE BLOWN DOWN.

HARD HIT RESIDENCES ON FOURTH AVENUE BETWEEN POPLAR AND LAKE STREET INCLUDED THE HOMES OF MRS. LOU WILLIAMS , MR. AND MRS. CHARLES EASTMAN , MRS. ESSIE BECKWITH, MRS. WAVA YATES , STANFORD CUMMINGS AND THE CANNON RESIDENCE.

TWO BRICK WAREHOUSE BUILDINGS OF DONALD STEVENSON'S FURNITURE STORE WERE BADLY DAMAGED ON EAST LAKE AND WALNUT STREETS.

HARD HIT WERE SEVERAL RESIDENCES ON EAST CHESTNUT STREET INCLUDING THOSE OF JOHN CROWELL, MR. AND MRS. MAURICE LITTLE, MR. AND MRS. BEN NEWBERRY AND MR. MRS. CLAUDE MEADOWS. A WAREHOUSE OF THE SPILLMAN MILLING COMPANY ALSO WAS DAMAGED.

SLIGHT DAMAGE TO WINDOWS AND THE ROOF WAS DONE AT THE EAST SIDE SCHOOL. THE HOMES OF MRS. GERTIE FRIELDS AND MR. AND MRS. O.E. FRIELDS OF EAST LAKE STREET WERE BADLY DAMAGED. ON FIFTH AVENUE , THE HOMES OF MR. AND MRS. PAUL BERRY WERE DAMAGED . SLIGHT DAMAGE WAS DON TO THE FOURTH AVENUE PENTECOST CHURCH.

ON EAST LAKE STREET , EAST OF THE EIGHT MILE CREEK, CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE WAS DONE TO THE HOMES OF MR. AND MRS. J.W. COLE , MR. AND MRS. O.P. TYNER , MR. AND MRS. RAY MORGAN , MR. AND MRS. G.O. HARDY , MR. AND MRS. LUTHER WHITE AND A MRS. DAVIDSON . OTHERS SUFFERED LESSER DAMAGE .

A LARGE TREE WAS BLOWN ON THE ROOF OF THE HOME OF MR. AND MRS. F.Q. HAMMOND OF WEST HIGHLAND STREET AND DAMAGE WAS DONE TO THE RESIDENCS OF MRS. LON ADAMS ON NORTH THIRD AND THE RESIDENCE OF NORVEL THOMPSON , AT THE REAR OF THE ADAMS' HOME . SOME DAMAGE WAS DONE TO THE HOME OF MRS. J.B. KIRCHOFF AT THE CORNER OF THIRD AND HIGHLAND . ONLY SLIGHT DAMAGE WAS DONE THE THE ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, SCHOOL, COVENT AND RECTORY.

SEVERAL RESIDENCES ON NORTH SIXTH STREET SUFFERED DAMAGE AS RESULT OF FLUES BEING BLOWN DOWN AND TREE LIMBS STRIKING THEM. THESE INCLUDED THE HOME OF MR. AND MRS. TOM WELCH,

( PART MISSING )

THE HOME OF MR. AND MRS. WILL RAGLAND WAS DESTROYED THE RESIDENCE OF MR. AND MRS. JIM KEASLER WAS DAMAGED . OTHER BUILDINGS IN THE AREA SURFERED SOME DAMAGE.

THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE REPORTED AT ARBYRD, MO. INCLUDING THE ROOF OF THE COMPRESS SOME DAMAGE TO THE ROW OF STORE BUILDINGS AND A COTTON GIN.

IT WAS REPORTED THAT THERE WAS SOME DAMAGE IN THE HALLIDAY SECTION , SIX MILES NORTH , AND AT BEECH GROVE , 14 MILES NORTHWEST.

ONE MAN WAS SAID TO HAVE SUFFERED A CUT ARM WEST OF RECTOR , BUT IT WAS STATED THAT NO SERIOUS DAMAGE WAS DONE AT EITHER RECTOR OR MARMADUKE, 21 AND 12 MILES TO THE NORTH.

IT WAS REPORTED THAT LEACHVILLE ESCAPED THE STORM DAMAGE.